• House Course: Blockchain and Innovation (Fall 17)



    The Blockchain Lab is offering a formal House Course for Duke undergraduates. Focusing on blockchain technology, including an overview of cryptography, cryptocurrencies, and non-financial blockchain applications, the class hopes to educate and inspire students to explore this emerging technology.


    The class meets Mondays 7:30-9:00 in LSRC D106


    Student Instructors:

    Dhruv Luthra

    David Zarge

    Jacob Baca


    Faculty Sponsor:

    Bruce Maggs

  • Past Speakers

    Jameson Lopp- Novermber 20th, 2017, 7:30pm, LSRC D106

    Bio: Software Engineer at BitGo, Inc. and creator of Statoshi.



    Speaking as part of our house course about recent forks, perspectives on Bitcoin, the roadmap to scaling, and more.

    Speaking as Part of Cam Harvey's Innovation and Cryptoventures Course, Fall 2017

    Corresponding lectures found under the About Blockchain section.

    • David Treat (Accenture): 4:15 PM on February 3 (Webcast)
    • Balaji Srinivasan (21.co): 4:15 PM on February 10 (Webcast
    • Amber Baldet (JP Morgan Blockchain Center): 3:00 PM on February 14 (Webcast)
    • Fred Ehrsam (Coinbase): 4:15 PM on February 14 (Webcast)
    • Matt Higginson (McKinsey): 3:00 PM on February 17 (Webcast)
    • Tim Swanson (R3): 3:00 PM on February 21 (Webcast)
    • Joe Lubin (ConsenSys): 3:00 PM on February 24 (Webcast)

    Dinner with Jesse Grushack (CEO of Ujo Music) - April 12th, 7pm-8pm, The Loop

    Sign-up here!


    Bio: Jesse is a graduate from Union College with a degree in Computer Science and Economics. Throughout school, Jesse found an equally strong passion for electronic music and crypto currencies leading to a senior editor position at DancingAstronuat.com when he was just a Sophomore. As Bitcoin was still an emerging technology when it was time to secure a summer internship, Jesse decided to enter the music industry at ID&T North America where he spent two months as the managing director of marketing for TomorrowWorld. After Union, Jesse went on to work for SFX Entertainment, managing cashless payment technology and access control at live events; in addition to conducting research into the future of visitor event identification. Jesse left SFX in December 2014 determined to find another company that promised to make a difference in the world. In the beginning of 2015, Jesse found ConsenSys and immediately got involved in the unnamed music project. Fast forward almost two years and Ujo Music is currently developing blockchain + music infrastructure.

    Ethereum Crash Course - March 25th, 10am-4pm, Gross Hall 250

    Register by March 22nd. Link here.


    Ever wanted to gain practical knowledge about blockchains and actually build applications? Here's your chance!

    This half-day crash course will focus on explaining the proof-of-stake (as opposed to proof-of-work used by Bitcoin) algorithm for securing the Ethereum blockchain and providing a step-by-step tutorial on building your first smart contract using the ConsenSys framework and APIs.


    For more information and a detailed schedule, go to the Crash Course page.

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